Fundraising already is or is becoming a significant role/responsibility for nonprofit boards. For some organizations (arts and such), this has always been the case. In the area of human services, however, a contribution of time was considered sufficient.
Let’s look at some data from the Board Source Nonprofit Governance Index 2010. The report shares data from surveys of both nonprofit CEOs and board members. According to the report, nonprofit directors’ perspectives about board performance differ from most board members’. Directors’ GPA for overall board performance was a C+ though board members gave themselves a B. More striking, directors gave their boards a grade of D in fundraising while board members gave themselves a C.
Let me climb on the soapbox– I don’t think time is enough when serving on a nonprofit board. If one doesn’t think the organization is valuable enough to personally fund, then why should others think differently and choose to give to the organization? If one’s time is that valuable, then auction some of it off and share the proceeds with the organization.
These are the sorts of conversations we are having during Blueprint for Leadership with our 2012 class, and I’m sure there are folks who disagree with this opinion, and those opinions are welcome. It is only in the course of conversation that we learn. Want to be part of the conversation? Comment here and let us know what you think!